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McGeorge School of Law hosted the Sixth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference (WRLWC) on Aug. 5 and 6, 2016. The topic this year was "Awakening the Force: LRW and the Development of Professional Identity." McGeorge professors Hether Macfarlane and Jeffrey Proske organized the two-day conference, with assistance from professors Adrienne Brungess, Dan Croxall, Maureen Moran and Mary-Beth Moylan.

The conference program described the theme: "Awakening the Force: LRW and the Development of Professional Identity is more than just a wink at a mythical struggle from a galaxy far, far away. It is intended to underscore the development of "Professional Identity" as an important curricular concern for law schools and to highlight how LRW faculty can contribute to the conversation."

After the conference welcome at noon on Aug. 5 by McGeorge professors Michael Colatrella Jr., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and professor Moylan, Director of Global Lawyering Skills Program, and lunch, the conference progressed to a series of presentations and discussions over the following two days.

Hosting of the annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference rotates among law schools each year, and in 2017 it will be held at Seattle University.

Participant Reviews
"Pacific McGeorge put on a great conference. Sacramento is a lovely city, and McGeorge has a beautiful campus. The group was a great mix of veteran and novice, and the group just the right size to be able to have enough people to share ideas while still maintaining the level of intimacy that allows you to get to know one another and actually remember who everyone is! I also had a great time taking pictures of our colleagues with the various Pokemon running around the campus." — Karin Mika, Legal Writing Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

"I want to thank McGeorge School of Law for hosting and organizing the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference on "Awakening the Force: LRW and the Development of Professional Identity." I attended the Saturday session and found the panels to be excellent in presenting tips on how we can help law students to develop their professional identity. There were many ideas given to integrate into our existing courses or a stand alone course. Thanks to all the panelists who presented. Thank you also to the professors at McGeorge for their warm hospitality at welcoming us to their beautiful campus on a perfect summer day. I wish everyone a great start to their fall semester." — Edith Ho, Director & Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, University of San Francisco School of Law

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2016
Friday, August 5th
12:00 PM

Registration: Check-in and welcome lunch in Grand Salon

Michael Colatrella Jr., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Mary-Beth Moylan, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:30 PM

Breathing New Life into the “A” in “CRAC”: CPR + Compare, Introducing a New Method for Teaching the Analysis Section of a Brief

Nina Farber, Brooklyn Law School

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

2:00 PM

Teaching Right-Brain Thinking: Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Norman E. Plate, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

2:30 PM

Ready or Not: How to Assess Professionalism Under the New ABA Requirements

Susan Smith Bakhshian, Loyola Law School – Los Angeles

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM

3:00 PM

Professionalism Instruction for International LLM Students: How Should We Teach About Plagiarism and Professional Responsibility?

Jonathan Gordon, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

3:00 PM - 3:25 PM

3:35 PM

Bridging Theoretical with Experiential Coursework - A Step in the Right Direction

Adrienne Brungess, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

Saturday, August 6th
9:40 AM

Awakening the Force: The Development of Professional Identity Through Self-Assessment and Self-Reflection in the First-Year Classroom

Fiona McKenna, Golden Gate University Law School

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

9:40 AM - 10:05 AM

10:15 AM

Cultivating Professional Identity Through Personal Connection at the Earliest Stages of Law School: The Evening Student

Karin Mika, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

10:50 AM

The New Mosaic: Professional Identity Development for Diverse Students

Hether C. Macfarlane, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Bashar Ahmad, Boutin, Jones, Inc.
Ederlina Co, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Fredericka McGee, American Beverage Association
Kathryn Patterson, Cota Cole, LLP

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

10:50 AM - 11:40 AM

1:40 PM

The Stand-Alone Professional Identity Course

Grace Hum, University of San Francisco School of Law
Rupa Bhandari, UC Hastings College of the Law
Jerome M. Organ, University of St. Thomas
Jeffrey Proske, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of law
Clifford Zimmerman, Northwestern, Pritzker School of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

1:40 PM - 3:00 PM

3:05 PM

Beyond Innocence: Using Miller Resentencing Litigation to Teach Professional Values

Christopher Hawthorne, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

3:05 PM - 3:30 PM

3:35 PM

Development of Professional Identity through Volunteer Service and Leadership in Legal Writing Organizations

Bob Brain, Loyola Law School

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

3:35 PM - 4:10 PM

4:15 PM

Creating a Mindful Identity

Courtney Lee, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Seminar Rooms 4&5 at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA

4:15 PM - 4:40 PM